Director: Chris Mason Johnson
Cast: Scott Marlowe (Frankie), Matthew Risch (Todd), Kristoffer Cusick, Rory Hohenstein, Damon Sperber, James Sofranko, Sergio Benvindo, Evan Boomer, Kevin Clark, Madison Keesler, Myles Thatcher, Katherine Wells
USA | 2013 | min
ENG - Frankie is the newest member of San Francisco’s most exciting contemporary dance company. The year is 1985. As six muscular male dancers tumble their way through athletic choreography, Frankie stands on the sidelines, mirroring the movement and looking a little weak. When the choreographer stops the music and mocks Frankie mercilessly, the other guys laugh – except for Todd. Todd is a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s innocence. They’re friends – opposites attract.
For Frankie, the city offers no relief from the bullying at work: a newspaper headline asks “Should Gays Be Quarantined?” while fresh graffiti screams “AIDS Faggot Die!” Frankie turns away and, with his bright yellow Walkman clipped on his belt, retreats into a music-filled trance.
When one of the male dancers is injured Frankie must perform in his place. It’s the classic test of skill and character. Outside of work, Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens – Todd’s wild persona turns out to be something of an act and Frankie is less naive than he seems – and they each face a different kind of test: the newly-named disease is spreading fast and no one seems to know anything about it, except who it targets. Together the friends navigate a world full of risk that is also, now and then, full of promise.
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